holding company

noun Finance.
a company that controls other companies through stock ownership but that usually does not engage directly in their productive operations (distinguished from parent company ).

Origin:
1905–10

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holding company
 
n
a company with controlling shareholdings in one or more other companies

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holding company definition


A company that controls other companies.

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Example sentences
Any bank holding company of size is in the acquisition mode, not the selling mode.
Formation of a mutual holding company by a mutual savings bank.
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